The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: One For Arthur, (1330 Aintree), 2pts win, 8/1:
The unique handicapper’s discretion employed in the weights of the Grand National always includes an extra few pounds to account for the value of Aintree specialism. This staying event over the National course uses regular ratings meaning course specialists One For Arthur and Walk In The Mill are both well in compared to their excellent National runs (6th and 4th). The reverse forecast is a fair call, but One For Arthur has had a much cleaner prep than last year and that can be enough to see him home first.
Nube Negra, (1350 Sandown), 5/2: one of the leading 2m novice chases and it has attracted a fine field. Not sure Torpillo is worthy of being favourite and Nube Negra looks a much more likely winner. He often flattered to deceive over hurdles but has been a very impressive chaser in his two runs and that fluency is key around this stern test. He may have too much at this stage than the potentially top notch Grand Sancy who is interesting but makes his chasing debut at the highest level.
Touch Kick, (1515 Aintree), 5/1: a smaller field than normal and that can suit Paul Nicholls’ horse whose wins have been mostly in smaller fields. Needs to find a jumping rhythm, but few are better than Bryony Frost at exactly that, and he should have younger legs at this trip than main dangers course specialist Ultragold and the possibly over-burdened Gold Present.
Vinnie Lewis, (1535 Sandown), 10/1: can be a bit inconsistent but ran well on his previous visit here. Wasn’t fully tuned up for seasonal debut at Sedgefield but still ran nicely. This is the main aim, and he can go well for the excellent Aidan Coleman.
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